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Underwater grasses show some improvement in Chesapeake Bay

In 2021, an estimated 67,470 acres of underwater grasses were mapped in the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal tributaries, achieving 37 percent of the ultimate restoration goal of 185,000 acres, according to new data from the Chesapeake Bay Program. And...

50 years later, impact of Agnes still felt in Chesapeake Bay

A half-century ago, a former hurricane (downgraded to a tropical storm) named Agnes detonated a water bomb over the Mid-Atlantic. Over a handful days in June 1972, relentless rain triggered record-breaking floods.

Abandoned boats posing increasing environmental hazard

Whether lurking as hazards beneath the water’s surface or becoming eyesores as they drift ashore, abandoned boats are a growing problem in Chesapeake Bay waters – especially in Virginia.

Chesapeake Bay crab population sees big decline

The blue crab, the Chesapeake Bay’s most valuable catch and a closely watched proxy for the health of its underwater ecosystem, is less abundant now than at any time since scientists began regularly tracking the species in 1990.

Once thought gone, sturgeon see resurgence in regional waterways

In 1993, I began working at the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, eager to make my mark. The attention-getting, prehistoric-looking Atlantic sturgeon looked like low-hanging fruit.

Monitoring suggests smaller ‘dead zone’ in Chesapeake Bay

While last year’s “dead zone” in the Chesapeake Bay was the second smallest observed since 1985, this year’s assessment paints a more complex picture of the Bay’s health, according to data reported Nov. 30 by the Chesapeake Bay Program. Throughout...

Effort to help eels to pay environmental dividends

decade ago, Steve Minkkinen and a team of biologists pulled into a boat ramp along a tributary to the West Branch of the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania.

Report: Rainy years impact water quality in Chesapeake Bay

An estimated 33 percent of the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal tributaries attained water-quality standards during the 2017-19 assessment period, down from 38 percent in the preceding two-year period, according to new data from the Chesapeake Bay Program. The decline,...

New round of grants focuses on Chesapeake Bay watershed

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the federal-state Chesapeake Bay Program have announced more $2.4 million in grants for projects designed to protect and restore Virginia’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The...

Grant funds help grass-restoration efforts in Chesapeake

Restoring the Chesapeake Bay’s depleted underwater meadows is a painstaking process, requiring lots of elbow grease, savvy and patience.
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